Two Eastern Maine athletes who wear purple and white on the field are among the 12 selected as semifinalists for the James J. Fitzpatrick Trophy, presented annually to the best senior high school football player in the state of Maine.
Jonathan Haws of Hampden Academy and Kyle Bishop of Waterville are the only Eastern Maine players selected as the state's elite.
At quarterback, Haws rushed for 421 yards on 26 carries for the season and completed 53 of 90 passes for 845 yards and eight touchdowns while throwing just two interceptions through the first nine games for the 8-2 Broncos. He also started on defense as a safety. As a student, Haws has a 94 average and plans to study engineering at the University of Maine.
Bishop is another quarterback-safety, two-way starter who averaged 6.8 yard per carry while completing 43 of 98 passes. He finished with 902 total yards and also took care of place-kicking duties, kicking 19 of 21 point-after attempts and making two field goals. He was in on 73 tackles defensively. He currently has a 3.47 grade point average.
The other semifinalists are Maxwell Cloutier from Leavitt of Turner, Scarborough's Michael Cyr, Ethan Drigotas from Kennebunk, Nicholas Gagne from Biddeford, Peter Gwilym from Cheverus of Portland, Cameron Kaubris from Mountain Valley of Rumford, Portland's Caleb Kenney, Yarmouth's Nicholas Proscia, James Ross from Deering of Portland and Josh Woodward from Thornton Academy in Saco.
The names of three finalists will announced Dec. 19 and the finalists' banquet will be held Jan. 16 at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland. The public is welcome to attend.
Semifinalists were selected by a review of their credentials by a panel made up of members of the State of Maine chapter of the National Football Foundation, the College Football Hall of Fame and media representatives.